|Middle Ground, rec from ozsaur
||[Dec. 7th, 2004|05:34 am]
Title: Middle Ground|
Author: Maggie B.
Summary: After Veronica's death, Jim finds it hard to get back to normal, especially since he doesn't want normal. Meanwhile, he tries to figure out why Sandburg keeps stealing the ball.
Direct Link: http://www.squidge.org/archive/archive/3/middleground.html
Author's Page: She doesn't appear to have a page but two of her Slash Virtual Season stories are posted at 852 Prospect.
Reasons for Recommending: The summary to this story doesn't explain much. Jim and Blair are at a crossroads, both on a personal level and as partners. They make mistakes, do dumb ass things, miss the clue bus and pretty much act the way real people do when they're trying to find a way forward with their lives. I love the scenes on the basketball court, and the ending is satisfying in every way.
Brown ignored him. "First thing you gotta do is stay alert, get your radar back in working order. Then you get back in the game." He leaned in and dropped his voice to the tone of a conspirator. "Hairboy's gotta be taught a lesson. This is what? Number two in two months?"
Jim sighed the sigh of the weary. "What are you talking about?"
"Lorraine. And last month it was that blonde, the tall one from the DA's office." Brown stared at Jim. "Come on, man. Sandburg stole the ball right out from under your nose."
Jim felt an odd little flutter in his gut.
"Riiight." He shook his head. "You're dreaming, H."
Brown shook his head and stood. He gripped Jim's shoulders and squeezed.
"I'm telling you, man. You've been trumped. And as sad as your love life is, you can't afford to be losing opportunities. You better get a handle on that boy."